Christmas Engagements: When and Where to Pop the Big Question

It’s official – the festive season is the most popular time for couples to get engaged. While you might assume that Valentine’s Day or even the summer holiday period when people are jetting off to sunnier climes might be choice moments to pop the big question, analysis of engagement announcements by Facebook found that Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve were the three most popular.

This makes sense for all sorts of reasons. If you get your skates on, you can still just about turn a Christmas engagement around into a summer wedding – or give yourself a full 12 months to plan one at your leisure the following year. Also, Christmas and New Year are already times of merriment and good cheer anyway. What better way to celebrate than by declaring your intentions to the love of your life and announcing your nuptials to the world?

What might surprise some people is that Christmas Eve rather than Christmas Day was found to be the most popular time of all to get down on one knee. One reason why this is a good idea is so that the happy couple can tell their big news to family and friends on Christmas Day itself, turning the day into a double celebration.

It also takes some of the pressure off whoever is doing the asking – they are more likely to find a little privacy on Christmas Eve than they are when larger groups start to gather on Christmas Day. On the other hand, if you want to pop the question in public, say at a fancy restaurant, you might find it easier to make a booking for the two of you on Christmas Eve.

That said, a great many people still choose Christmas Day as their preferred time to ask the question, and for fairly obvious reasons. What better Christmas present could there be than a big fat diamond engagement ring and a declaration that you want to spend the rest of your life with your beloved in marital bliss?

Put yourself in your partner’s shoes

Once you have made a decision on when to do it, the next thing is where. The two will tie in closely together, of course. If you have your heart set on making your move during a big party or gathering, then you might think New Year’s Eve is best – there is also something very romantic about going down on one knee as the clock strikes midnight, the new year marking a new and exciting phase in your relationship.

It is important to consider your partner’s personality and preferences when making a decision on where to ask for their hand in marriage. For someone who is quite shy, a proposal in front of a group of people at a family Christmas gathering of New Year’s party, or even a room full of strangers at a restaurant, might be very intimidating. They would probably much prefer it if you asked in private, whether in the comfort of your own home, or perhaps out on a romantic walk or drive together.

Whatever you decide, when you get that all important ‘yes’ and have enjoyed celebrating your big news, you will want to start thinking about a wedding venue. For a gorgeous, flexible option with a contemporary twist, why not come have a look around The Colony? Set overlooking the rolling Cheshire countryside, we can provide fabulous indoor and outdoor options, fully catered or left to your own devices – whatever suits you best. Why not contact us today to find out more.